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Engstrom, a 1975 UNO graduate and Nebraska native, has been named
University of Montana president and will assume that office Oct. 15.
Engstrom has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University since 2007. Born in Michigan and raised in Nebraska, he came to Montana from the University of South Dakota where he served as the Professor and Chair of Chemistry, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Engstrom and his wife Mary have two grown children.
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Recent grad creates Uno4sq.com site
Summer 2010 graduate Juan Carrillon is in the news after creating Uno4sq.com, a section of the popular social media platform foursquare.com. See more in a UNO Gateway story on Carrillon.
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Once bookless, UNO grad now sits on library board
At age 23, Buey Ray Tut has become the newest member of the
Omaha Public Library Board — just 13 years after he and his famiy fled a war-tor Sudan, where they lived in a mud house with no running water or electricity.
Now Tut, who once owned no books of his own, serves on government board overseeing 12 public libraries with a million books.
Read more about the 2009 UNO graduate in an Omaha World-Herald feature story on him. (Photo at left by Mark Davis, World-Herald).
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Halloran receives third Tony Award
UNO graduate Pat Halloran on June 13 received the third Tony Award of his career, winning for his production of "MEMPHIS," a musical loosely based on the life story of radio disc jockey Dewey Phillips, who challenged racial barriers by introducing black music to white radio during the 1950s. See more on Halloran's Tony Award from the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis at http://www.orpheum-memphis.com/index.cfm?section=press&year=2010&type=pr&prid=70
Read an article printed on Halloran in the Winter 2008 issue of UNO Alum magazine.
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Miller making most of time with Jaguars
Also see information on Miller from the Jaguars Web site.
Former UNO standout quarterback Zac Miller is making his mark with the Jacksonville Jaguars, impressing the coaching staff at his new position — tight end. Last year he caught 21 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. More is expected in 2011. Read an Omaha World-Herald article on Miller.
Into the Hall
members will be inducted into the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame,
including UNO graduates Robert Faulkner (1974) and Stan Standifer
(1971). Read more from the Omaha World-Herald.
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UNO's Youngest Grad Ever?
David Loscutoff was just 18 when he earned his degree this May,
likely making him the university's youngest graduate ever.
Read an Omaha World-Herald article on Loscutoff
| || ||U.S. Champ|
Former Mav Les Sigman won the heavyweight championship at the U.S. World Team Trials June 10-12 in Council Bluffs. A four-time NCAA champion while at UNO, Sigman will represent the United States this September at the world championships in Moscow. For more, read:
• A team trials recap from TheMat.com
• A pre-trials story on Sigman from Omaha.com
• A feature story on Sigman from
the UNO Alum archives.
Nerd in the News
For a self-described nerd, UNO grad Wendy Townley has seemed pretty cool lately, getting news coverage from The Weekly Grind show on 1180 AM, KPTM's "Women Matter" segment, Silicon Prairie News and Shout! Weekly. Why? Townley in May debuted "Nerdy Thirty," a collection of 13 stories that recount personal experiences from her childhood, "painfully awkward teen years, a few days in college I’d rather forget, and those leading up to the big three-oh, which happened in December 2008." See more at http://nerdythirty.com. Also, download a PDF of the Shout! Weekly article with Townley.
| ||Her Life
UNO grad Denise Wypiszenski ('91), managing
director and COO of Private Wealth Management, Robert W. Baird &
Co., tells her "Life
Story" to On Wall Street magazine.
| ||Heavy Heights|
Former Mav Les Sigman wins U.S. Open freestyle title . See a recap of his march to the title at UNO Athletics Web site.
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Hagel to speak at Rutgers
Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel will discuss his book,
Next Chapter," at Rutgers University. His presentation is presented by that university's Eagleton Institute of Politics. See information on Hagel's presentation the Rutgers Web site.A 1971 UNO graduate, Hagel is a co-chairman on the Presiden'ts Intelligence Advisory Board, a distinguished professor at UNO and Georgetown University, and a noted expert on defense, international policy, banking and business.
Briscoe film project nabs "Titans" screenwriter
Movie on the life of former UNO great Marlin "The Magician" Briscoe moves forward with signing of Gregory Allen Howard to write the biopic's screenplay. Howard was screenwriter on "Remember the Titans." See stories in Variety and Hollywood Reporter. Also see www.marlinbriscoemovie.com
Seeking Santa Fe's mayoral seat
Asenath Webster Kepler running for mayor of Santa Fe. See her Web site
at www.kepler4mayor.com or article
in Sante Fe New Mexican.
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